U2

When I was at Purdue, U2 was a bit of a college band, not the mega group they now are. I knew them back from the album “Boy,” and knew the singles “New Year’s Day” and “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” But “Joshua Tree” put U2 into the stratosphere as a supergroup and that album became one of the best of all time. The 30-year anniversary tour of that album is taking place in 2017.

CHICAGO

Another band that was part of my early years listening to the radio. Terry Kath and Robert Lamm provide unmistakable vocals, and Chicago really developed my love of backing horns in rock music.

THE BEATLES

Of course I knew about The Beatles growing up and could sing all the songs, but they never made it into my collection until CDs first came out. I picked up Rubber Soul and Revolver and from then on I was a student. There is a library full of books on the group and the songs, and almost as many documentaries, but the one I think best is “The Compleat Beatles” from 1982.

LED ZEPPELIN

Of course I knew about The Beatles growing up and could sing all the songs, but they never made it into my collection until CDs first came out. I picked up Rubber Soul and Revolver and from then on I was a student. There is a library full of books on the group and the songs, and almost as many documentaries, but the one I think best is “The Compleat Beatles” from 1982.

ERIC CLAPTON

Of course I knew about The Beatles growing up and could sing all the songs, but they never made it into my collection until CDs first came out. I picked up Rubber Soul and Revolver and from then on I was a student. There is a library full of books on the group and the songs, and almost as many documentaries, but the one I think best is “The Compleat Beatles” from 1982.